By Todd Melby and Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A federal judge asked a jury on Monday to try one more time in a defamation case brought by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura after the panel said it could not reach a verdict following about five days of deliberations. Ventura is suing the estate of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle for an undisclosed amount of money, saying the reputation of the pro wrestler-turned-politician was left in shambles by a passage in a book by Kyle about a bar fight between the two. "We the jury have not reached a decision," the 10-member panel said in a note to Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle. After asking the jury to continue deliberations, the judge informed lawyers a "mistrial is a possibility." The jury did not reach a verdict after being sent back and will reconvene on Tuesday.
U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report. The National Security Agency's surveillance programs, which include the collection of telephone "metadata," have heightened government officials' concerns about dealing with the media, as "any interaction - any email, any phone call - risks leaving a digital trace that could subsequently be used against them," the report said.
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado that landed just north of Boston was a relatively modest EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of 0 to 5, but it damaged dozens of buildings.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.
Police on Monday charged two men with murder in a carjacking and subsequent crash that killed three children and critically injured their mother as they were selling fruit on a street corner for a church fundraiser.